Will there be a Royal revival in San Diego?

June, 19, 2012
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Eddie Royal is trying to recharge his career in San Diego after an uneven four years in Denver.

The Chargers signed the receiver/returner this offseason. He wasn’t in Denver’s plans. A second-round draft pick in 2008, Royal was a star in his rookie season under coach Mike Shanahan. However, he fell out of favor in Josh McDaniels’ offense and then didn’t fare much better under John Fox last season. Royal had a whopping 91 catches as a rookie. Yet, he has added just 115 combined in the past three seasons.

He reception numbers may increase in San Diego this season. Chargers coach Norv Turner has been complimentary of Royal. San Diego is expected to make Royal a big part of a varied passing game.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. says he thinks Royal can revive his game in San Diego.

“Royal is interesting,” Williamson said. “He was very good as a rookie. He’s a pure slot guy. He can thrive in that role with initial explosive movements and he has after-the-catch skills.”

There is no doubt Turner is going to give Royal every chance to rekindle the spark of his rookie season.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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